Eurotunnel delivers record year in 2013
28 Apr 2014 | A region on the move, Mobility
Eurotunnel posted a record year in 2013, with sales up 12% and more than 20 million passengers travelling through the Channel Tunnel.
Groupe Eurotunnel had a record year in 2013, with sales up 12% to €1.092 billion. Its Eurotunnel Shuttle business contributed growth of 2% with sales of €477 million, and high-speed trains passed the 10 million passenger mark.
“Eurotunnel has had a record year and, in spite of the highly competitive market situation, has delivered revenues significantly above one billion euros, said Jacques Gounon, CEO of Groupe Eurotunnel. “For its 20th anniversary in 2014, the Group has confirmed its capacity to make the most of the recent economic growth in Europe and particularly in the United Kingdom.”
To date, nearly 325 million passengers have travelled through the Channel Tunnel, with over 20 million in 2013 alone. Passenger shuttle traffic was strong and continued to grow during the year: car volume rose 2%, reaching nearly 2.5 million, and buses were up 9%, while the cross-Channel market as a whole grew 2.8%. For the first time in its history, Eurostar exceeded the 10 million passenger mark, a 2% increase over 2012.
Meanwhile, cross-channel rail freight posted double-digit growth in 2013. The number of freight trains increased 10%, due in particular to steel transport and the rebound in intermodal traffic. Since 2010, cross-Channel rail freight has grown 21%.
Source: Voix du Nord